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How to combine current Hilton promos with the Summer Sale

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UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.  We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above. 

Click here for our article on Hilton’s ‘Power Up’ promotion which runs until 31st December 2021. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

You will receive a 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points by 30th September 2021. You can buy by clicking here.

I have run a number of articles on Head for Points in the last couple of weeks about opportunities for earning bonus Hilton HHonors points:

2,500 points for your next stay

2,000 points per night for Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria stays

2,000 / 3,000 / 5,000 points for your next three Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria stays

Double or triple points – depending on the day of the week – with the new ‘Triple Your Trip’ promotion

Conrad Algarve Portugal

All of these offers will combine if you are staying with the appropriate brand or geographic region.

Bearing these promotions in mind, it is worth a quick reminder about the Hilton Summer Sale.  This offers discounts of up to 33% off the Best Available Rate for hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

There is a special home page for this promotion which you can find here.

These rates are valid:

Until 30 September, weekends only, for the UK and Europe (some hotels have weekday availability in August)

Until 5 October, every day, for the Middle East and Africa

Rates are non-refundable

If you can get the right deal here you could do very nicely from it.  The Waldorf-Astoria in Berlin, for example, would be just €140 per night from Friday 15 August to Sunday 17 August.  This would trigger the 2,500 points ‘next stay’ bonus and 4,000 points for a two-night Waldorf-Astoria stay and 2,000 points from the other Waldorf promotion and triple points via ‘Triple My Trip’!

Closer to home, the huge suite we had at Hilton St George’s Park at the National Football Centre (review coming later this week) is selling for £180 for a random Friday in August, compared to the cheapest comparable rate of £260.

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (9)

  • Nick says:

    It’s worth noting that the validity dates that Hilton give on their website for some of their promotions are not always fixed. I’ve just booked a hotel in Africa to visit family members in December and got the Summer Sale 33% discounted rate. I’ve done this before, under similar circumstances, when they’ve had the 33% “Getaway” promotions running.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Conrad Cairo at £60ish is probably the cheapest option to trigger all of the above, but a bit out of the way for most people! Waldorf Versailles, Conrad Dublin or Rome Cavalieri at £120-140 are probably the cheapest ‘accessible’ options.

    If you’re in South Africa, Conrad Pezula looks very cheap now that the rand is much lower, starting at about £120. Of course, if you’re in South Africa, you’re probably thinking in rand, so it’s still expensive!

    • Rob says:

      You need to be careful not to let the tail wag the dog on this one – remember that Hilton points are only worth 0.3p. It might, for eg, swing me from the Westin to the Conrad if I was in Dublin anyway and the prices were the same though.

  • Graeme says:

    Having been an avid follower of HFP and Flyertalk for many years I found myself becoming infatuated with the idea of building miles/points on hotels and flights that would keep accruing but would never be used! I’ve been feeling like an extreme couponer of late! 🙂 Yes, as a HH Gold I could earn around 26,000 points for a long weekend at the Dublin Conrad but at what cost? About £400 including flights?? That’s already half of the cost of our favourite hotel on the FL Gulf Coast and you can buy HH miles for $320 at the moment for the 20k points! It’s easy to become obsessed! Travel smart people!

  • andystock says:

    2500 bonus points for me next stay at Hampton Hilton Berlin, unfortunatley this Hotel is excluded from the double / tripple points. Add another bonus points with my new Hilton H credit card (just been relaunched), add 15% bonus points for being a silver member (with Hilton credit card). Not a bad number of points for a cheap 2 nights hampton stay plus some Iberia plus points as well.

    • What's the Point says:

      The Hampton Hilton Berlin is a really nice hotel – we had a top floor room with a balcony. It was middle of winter, so not for relaxing on. But the views were half decent.

      • Rob says:

        I’ve stayed there, it is exceptional value and 10x better than a HIX.

  • Scottnothing says:

    Thanks (again) Raffles.

    In case of interest to others, I stayed 3 nights at the Double Tree Hilton Amsterdam over the weekend and managed to combine the following promotions after registering using the links above:

    * SILVER VIP BONUS – 15% 2014

    It meant the stay earned 31,622 points and 701 Avios off 7,018 “base points” which I am pretty pleased with.

    My thoughts on the Double Tree:

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